How to Open DOC Files Without Word

DOC files are word processing files commonly created and opened in the Microsoft Word software program. Unless you have purchased the Microsoft Office Suite, it is likely that you do not have Microsoft Word installed on your computer. Buying either Microsoft Office or Word is not necessary to open and edit DOC files. Open-source document processors, which are free to install and utilize, can open all DOC files that are saved on your computer.

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Open DOC files in free, open-source word processing programs.

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Download and install one of the open-source document processing programs AbiWord, Open Office or LyX. Any of these will open DOC files that are on the computer.

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Open the document processor that you chose.

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Click “File” at the top of the processor. A menu will appear beneath the “File” option.

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Choose “Open” in the menu. An “Open” window will appear inside the word processor.

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Find and click the DOC file that you're opening.

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Click “Open” at the bottom of the "Open" window. The DOC file will open inside the word processor.